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  1. On 5/13/2020 at 1:53 PM, WAAAYTOOO said:

    I will hijack this thread just for a second to let those who care, know about some AWESOME prices that Michelle alerted me to.

    Allure in October 2021.  I booked a B2B on 10-3 and 10-10.  The price for the Grand Panoramic Suite on 10-10 is less than $5K PP ($4931 PP).  The same suite on 10-3 is $5052 PP.  They are still available as of 5 minutes ago.  In fact, both the GPS and the OPS are still available on the 10-10 sailing.  I got Owner's Suites for $2755 and $2686 PP.

    Who knows whether Allure will be amped by then, but I really don't care.  I like Allure just like she is without those ugly slides in the aft.

    Good luck !!

    Good info! There are also some good prices on Oasis for fall - we paid a good bit less than usual for the crown loft on Oasis for November (too many cruises reserved lately so I don’t want to mislead by not being accurate on the price - seems like low 4’s.


    EDIT - I knew that I should not rely on my memory with 4 cruises in the hopper - I checked and the crown loft (sea view balcony) with taxes/fees was just under 3k each (2 of us booked). Pretty “suite” deal 😂 😀

  2. I had offers last year that I had no time to take, but there has been nothing during this crisis (and that has been a bit surprising). We’ve got so many booked through the fall and spring that I don’t think I would have any time for any free cruises (same thing that happened to us last year when we had more cruise opportunities  than time to go).  On the positive side, I did get to finally use some of those MyVEGAS points for OBC’s!

  3. There is a bed and breakfast that we love, we look forward  to sailing out the MD port because we will be staying there - Rachael’s Dowry. I get so weary of all the corporate hotel chains that look alike these day, this is an amazing change with very personalized service.

     It’s practically next door to the stadium in a beautiful and historical neighborhood, it is close to the casino and everything else downtown, and the inn keeper Linda is friendly and gracious. We stayed with her the first time on a trip where a conveyor belt breakdown in Atlanta caused quite a delay in four pieces of our luggage – it was a nightmare. When we got there, very late and still without bags, we found that she had gone to the store and gotten us tooth brushes, razors, etc to help us. Truly, an amazing stay and a lovely host.


    We had reservations for a NE/CA cruise in June that has been cancelled. I hate that we now won’t get to stay there (I like it enough we had a deposit there for more than a year to insure our reservation).  Even more I truly hate that this hoirrible illness is so badly hurting the small travel-related businesses 😞

     if you ever stay, tell her the McBee’s said hello! 😊



  4. 13 hours ago, BoxerMomNC said:

    We did a catamaran tour in Tortola.  It was nice and we went to 3 different places and snorkeled but no beaches. The water was a little choppy and they said it was from remnants from Hurricane Lorenzo.   Overall, my family said they prefered St Thomas and my husband says he would go back just for the tour again.  

    Sometimes it is tough to find anything other than a certain kind of tour in a port - like snorkeling1, snorkeling2, etc. We like variety but it is hard to find sometimes. And for whatever reason RCL does a pretty lack luster job at given more than the most barebones, vague info on any of their offerings. That means I often lean toward 3rd petty tour operators to get more info and some reviews.

  5. 8 hours ago, BoxerMomNC said:

    We were in St Thomas in October and had a wonderful day doing a private tour with St Thomas Scuba and Snorkel Adventures. We had the full day to plan our activities with our guide. We started with an island tour, then went to the beach and snorkeled with turtles, visited a second beach, toured some more and did picture stops around the island. We had a few ideas of what we wanted to do that day and adjusted them as the day progressed with our guide. 



    Lovely! I had not really considered combining the two but it might be a nice way to spend a long day.  One thing I have wondered about is that every time I look at the Tortola beaches they seems to have much stronger surf than the waters of St. Thomas (although I can’t say why that would be the case); not as strong as Hawaii but rougher water.  Is that the case?

  6. We lost two cruises to this pandemic and had enough $ in FCC we were anxious to book. We found a nice repositioning cruise in April 2021 and then yesterday an Eastern Caribbean for 10/31. But I don’t want to end up with 3 beach days (I am fair, plus that is a lot of repetition).  For the beach day we would like a lack of crowds if possible, clear and warm water, and relatively painless access (distance wise and otherwise).  

    The competition for beach vs. non-beach is between:

    1. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - 8am - 5pm

        - in the past I had decided on Linguist beach on our own (some cruise lines refer to it as “secret sands beach”), but the ship docked too far away to make that workable and we changed plans. 

    2. Tortola, BVI - 8am - 7pm. 
       - I know less about the beaches here, or their distance from the port, but it is a longer day.


    Just looking for some opinions about which beaches might be best between the two and what the really good non-beach options might be for each.  thanks!

  7. 8 hours ago, SpeedNoodles said:

    This is why I don't talk to my non-cruising friends. I don't need that kind if negativity in my life. And why you guys are stuck with me.....FOREVER!!! BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    Hey you 😬. I have never understood why non-cruisers are often so negative about cruising. The comments I saw online in various places like YouTube vlogs you would have thought cruise lines were possibly spies for N. Korea and everyone who worked for one should be hung. It was truly ridiculous. I am just not sure about it’s origin. 

  8. Just wanted to stop back by to say that I appreciate the warmth and welcome many of you have offered since I found the wonderful resource last year. I also appreciate the information shared and hope that I occasionally added to that wealth of knowledge. @SpeedNoodles , my twin, I surely hope to see you he day on the high seas. Happy sailing to you all 😊🧜🏼‍♀️

  9. 16 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

    @2Beeze I simply meant that if OP or anyone else is unhappy with a cruise line, RCCL or any other line, they should consider looking at another cruise line.  

    As far as this thread goes, OP seems to have posted once and not come back and we have encountered posts like this before.  I will just leave it at that.

    My point was, partly, that the same could have been said about @BB1 (his count showed 5 and he had posted 4 on that one thread) but you had welcomed him. And many people here make complaints with support. I don’t know either of them, but the intensity from the responses seemed far stranger to me than the commentary from the OP.  But it surely isn’t a surprise the OP wouldn’t have returned. It was simply unclear to me how one was superior to the other or whether it was just the fact that I was the one who  posed the question that was the real problem.  But then it’s clear I am not viewed as worthy of being in the club, I haven’t missed the clear message, and so it may be that I am just not able to comprehend.


    23 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

    @BB1 welcome to the boards. Glad you found us. 

    I feel the same as you, if people are unhappy with a cruise line, it is time to look elsewhere.   

    I have never had any quarrel with you and don’t know of any quarrel that you have with me, so I only wish to clarify - are you saying that anyone who has any negative comment or opinion about anything related to Royal should go elsewhere (cruise line and board wise)? I had really thought all honest, genuine opinions of those who sail once or often on RCCL were allowed and welcomed here. I do so hope that is the case, after all there are complaints in this thread and many others and often from very loyal Royal cruisers -  either way, I definitely want to know if it’s not.  

    I believe that if only certain people are allowed to make negative comments or if the entire point of a board is to amass kiss-up points then it ends up being of little value in the end. That would be a bad thing as RC Blog is a great resource. I am not much for doing things in a passive aggressive way or even trying to read between the lines; it is easier to just be honest and forthright. And also to be very clear I also welcome @bb1 here, but my comment was that It made sense to wonder why someone with almost no posts was so very worked up and critical of others (in the same way many long-term members have many times made comments on a poster’s low number of posts in response to their post without it being viewed negatively).  

    Everyone - We head out soon on the Grandeur and I am more than ready to get a respite from the madness my work has been in the last months. I am off to pack now! Happy Memorial Day to those who celebrate it. My father was in DDay and fought for the liberation of Europe, my sister served in Iraq twice as a battle field doctor, and my husband served for 30 years in the US Marine Corps. Needless to say our family has too often witnessed the many sacrifices made for freedom and we will never forget those who lost their lies and families who never quit missing them.

  11. 7 hours ago, Lovetocruise said:

    We just started sailing with Royal and I also noticed they don't offer all that much to the repeat customers, even at diamond ++++ level.  You just another in the crowd.  I feel Norwegian offers better benefits to their repeat cruisers.  I thought it was just me.     

    That is true, NCL’s benefits for the equal loyalty level are really a great deal better in my opinion. Hubby and I recently been having an ongoing conversation about whether we should stick with our decision to remain primarily with RCCL. And loyalty rewards are definitely a part of the calculation (as are associated lines, typical cruise perks, variety of routes, etc.).  And honestly this Key issue is becoming a part of the calculation since we like the suites (but why is long-winded and another issue). We have two cruises currently booked with RCCL for 2019 and we really like rccl, but our conversation on this issue continues.


    @Razerbkfan  check our my hometown airline, Delta - they have one of the few airline loyalty programs where the miles earned never expire. 👍🏼


    @princevaliantus  so, where do I get one of these “little orphan annie decoder ring”? Does it come in a Captain Crunch box? 😬


    @BB1  I have to say that I am not quite sure why you seem so very angry and dismissive of the opinion of others. The OP didn’t say something terrible, just their own opinion. I like this RCL blog board very much, but it is not to my knowledge a cheering section or a fan club for rccl but is rather a place for discussion (including ones that are at times negative about some aspect of rccl).  It is for real conversation with real opinions of new and veteran rccl customers. If that is not true, someone please correct me!  I see you had virtually no posts before the 4 out of the 5 you have made in this one thread rather condemning of posters for having any non-glowing opinions; but please note that those posters you are criticizing include people who have been around here a while and have made genuine and consistent efforts at helping others.  

  12. 9 hours ago, goblues38 said:

    1st off.  this is my 1st post.  I have been reading these boards for 9 months as a guide to booking an preparing for our cruise on Harmony next week (june 2, 2019). 

    My question is this.  Can I bring a portable blue tooth speaker to our rented beach bungalow?  We frequently do beach trips, and a day at the beach is not complete without propper music.  Has anyone done this before?  is it frowned upon?

    Thanks for any insight you can provide.

    To be honest, I agree with @Pima1988 that it could very easily become a problem. There are people who take a cruise to drink and party,  but there are as many who hope for some peace. The Bungalows are very close together, I can’t imagine music would not be heard by neighbors unless it is extremely low (and who takes a speaker who is intending to play it that low?). And while I could go talk to someone who was interrupting our day (not an inexpensive one I might add), it would not make my vacation better that I had to deal with that (especially since too many adults become defensive or even angry when someone else is assertive but polite in making even a reasonable request).

    My smart, loving mother always said to us “Your rights end where my nose begins” and I have always thought that was the perfect way to view “rights” - there are so many people who think it’s their right to do this or that thing, but when what we want to do impacts others then their rights to be free from us and our actions trump our needs (“rights”). I am not saying that is just for this issue, it applies to everything in life. My personal feeling is that if we consider other people’s rights as quickly as we think about what we want, we would all be a lot better off.

  13. A. It’s a vacation.... me do the cleaning?!  Heck, I don’t do major versions of “housekeeping”in my own home, def not going to do it on a break.😲😵

    B. If I made to eat any meal at WJ then I will find a new way to vacation; to me most of the food is exactly like the food found in the chain buffet restaurants 🤢 (refer to the postings from @Fuzzywuzzy @Pima1988 and @WAAAYTOOO for additional details on this). 

     Once when cruising with my husband and my sister, they both decided that they needed a nap late in the afternoon 😏 The short version of the end of the story is that we were so late getting to dinner that our only option for a meal was the WJ; I promise you that they will NEVER forget just how bad an idea that it is to force me to eat at the WJ 🤦🏼‍♀️🤣😂


    Re Cruise Lines - we have found NCL to be a great line, but that is also sailing in the Haven (although even in the Haven we hated Epic). So our experiences on RCCL and NCL have been very comparable in like cabins. Carnival I sailed on once during grad school - we were in the top suite on the ship and it was the size of an RCCL grand suite with almost zero perks; we didn’t return. The last time I was on most of the others (like Princess and Holland America it was so long ago it’s hard to use those cruises as comparisons).  @tiny260  What did you find unpleasant about the non-Haven NCL crusies?

  14. @wstephensi and @mworkman

    OMG. And here it was just the time issue that worried me! So if the side eye, eye rolling, or the “mother look” can also be an issue well I am sunk because if there is anything a Belle can do it’s to let you know exactly what we think of you and everything else on the planet with just our eyes in half a second 🙄😭😭😭😭 if someone is going to put me in a penalty box for “a look” then I definitely need to avoid CA (as should Mrs. @wstephensi 🤣). Or maybe I should take my CA brother-in-law with me. 

    My only question is something I think I may already know the answer to... was she talking to herself and maybe at him while in time out (aka the penalty box?!) 😉


  15. 50 minutes ago, AshleyDillo said:

    Ovation does roundtrip Seattle sailings to Alaska if you're looking for a taste.  Certainly makes logistics easy.  If you want to do the June 5, 2020 sailing with us check with MEI for the unofficial group rate 😏

    Oh, great, I will go back and check that one! I don’t know much about the Ovation, I will look it up. We had already decided to use MEI this time around as we didn’t get to the last time mostly due to an email glitch on my side. I like Vancouver fine, although not the entry from the exhaust filled basement level parking deck, but that in and out with the passport in the airport and disembarking is just a giant pain no matter how you look at it (even with the passport app). 

  16. 1 hour ago, mworkman said:

    @2Beeze Seattle is not the city that you remember.

    Oh no  🤦🏼‍♀️ It was such an amazing place in 1976. I was there at an academic camp at perhaps the oddest college in the world (Evergreen State in Olympia, WA). I loved everything about it - the people, the air, the flora and fauna, and the boys (I cannot lie). The tag end of the yippies (for those born recently that is not a spelling error) came through while I was there; they were unlike any of the people I had encountered to that point in my young life and I was mesmerized by the entire experience. Like so many other things from the past, maybe it is best just to leave that memory a memory. Thanks for letting me know, as disappointing as it was to hear!

  17. Thanks for the information everyone! The one thing that I didn’t think about was the moving hotel to hotel that Ashley mentioned, I can see how that would be kind of chaotic. Part of what we loved about our last cruise there is that I found this great hotel that had basically a nice 2 br 2 ba condo and we stayed 5 nights using that as a base and making some day trips. 

    As much as we enjoyed Vancouver, and it was a blast, it was not a great deal of fun flying in and flying out bc of passport issues – and the access to the port was not the easiest. But all or most of the RCCL AK cruises have Vancouver as one anchor point. I would love to sail from Seattle (I spent my 16th summer there and it remains one of my favorite memories) or even San Francisco (I was so young the last time I was there I actually don’t remember much of it). If someone could call RCCL and get that done?! 😗😂

    I liked the look of the Radiance, but so glad to get that verified. Thanks again! 😊

  18. So as we are a couple of weeks from the next cruise, I am getting the itch to get something nailed down for 2020 (even though we are also booked for Thanksgiving 2019, it is an illness 😂). The last time to AK was beyond amazing and maybe the best vacation of our lives, but then we were in the Haven on an NCL ship and had the most wonderful perks (like watching glacier chunks float by as I showered or the top deck viewing for the glacier in the inlet with warmed blankets while being served hot chocolate or coffee). We spent a week post cruise in Vancouver and it was also amazing. So it will be hard to beat, but I will try to match it at least.

    soo.... I looked last night at the late May/early June options for AK (just about right weather wise). It seemed that the Radiance was the main ship from RCL to AK at that time of year. While I  didn’t find any options for decent aft jr suites, but then it would be hard to pass but that crazy cool balcony of the grand suites!  I would love some opinions of this ship for AK 😊

    My main question is about the post tours - we have always done our own in the past and I am not quite sure of the value of these via RCCL. There are several that look interesting, including the 10 day with wildlife express cruisetour 1A (post). They definitely are not giving this away, it will be quite a lot more per person than even the Haven was... so if anyone has done any cruises like this, I would love to know what you thought about it!

  19. I never did before this year, but got one for the cruise we did with my sister in Jan, I have one for the Grandeur sailing at the end at the end of this month (it’s a ship’s wheel with our surname), and then I have one ready for the ‘19 Thanksgiving cruise with all our names and a happy birthday one for hubby. I had all of them made it at Etsy. But note that the first one that I got did not attach to the NCL Haven cabin door 😿 I am now prepared with command strips!

  20. On 5/7/2019 at 8:19 AM, tiny260 said:

    If you do a land-sea cruise through Royal, one that I know is ride the train to an Alaska cruise, you get 1 point per night for the land part as well as the points you get for the sea part.

    I have also never heard of getting point for referring people, OBC yes, points no.

    To be sure of the details here ..... do you mean that you get points for the days you do the land portion (in addition to the cruise days)  or that there is an extra point tacked into the entire trip (e.g., 3 pts per day in a suite). I would guess the former, but it wasn’t clear so I thought I would check to be sure! Always looking to maximize 👊🏼

    - NCL gives an extra point for some sailings, we got 3 pts per night in the Haven when we sailed to AK in June, but I have never seen one from RCCL where that was offered. 


    @deep1 the topics here are all pretty hot, there are a lot of interested and knowledgeable cruises who hang around and try to help no matter the question 🙂

  21. As @twangster explained so well, the ability of spouses to link accounts can be very valuable! I learned about the importance of this perk through a couple we met on a cruise. We  sailed on the Allure and they invited us to share their Cabana (we had “met” the wife through a roll call and then in person during a cabin crawl). She is Diamond Plus snd is cruising at least monthly, but he hardly cruises. She retired, but he is still working and so she had started cruising alone and often (occasionally with a friend) in inside cabins. So she had really racked up points while he was home working to pay for her cruising 😂  But because they have linked accounts, he is also Diamond plus and so can take advantage of everything that she can on s ship (with or without her). He quite enjoyed his free tour of the bridge during that sailing 😊

  22. I’ve already said this in a recent tips thread I know, but we take a couple of plastic food prep containers with clear lids (the kind that can be thrown away before you leave). Room service is fine, but the items tend to be greasy and that isn’t what I want later in the evening.

     It’s not that I care about taking the dishes for the venue, but the food that I am taking is for a small snack for later and so the lid really matters because (1) the lid keeps the food from the kind of sliding / spIlling you would get if using a plate {important unless your cabin is somehow next to the buffet!) snd (2) the lid helps to keep the food fresher (my little Kaiser roll late-night snack will be far less yummy if it’s hard as a rock from sitting out.  

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